This post is part of the April A to Z Blogging Challenge where more than 2,000 bloggers are joining together to post blogs everyday (except Sundays) during the month of April. That is 26 days, just like the number of letters in the alphabet, so we are marking each day in alphabetical order.
The theme I’ve chosen this year is “What I Love About Pride and Prejudice.” I hope you’ll join me each day as I move from one letter to the next. It should be fun.
After you’ve read my post, please click the link above or the A to Z badge in my side bar to view what the other bloggers are saying.
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” Jane Austen
I’m so glad the alphabet begins with A so I can declare my admiration for Jane Austen before I ever delve into what I love about her most famous story. Though she never married or had any children, many think of her as the mother of the modern romantic story. Her writing was smart, funny, ironic, engaging and, of course, ripe with romance.
Jane Austen began writing as a teen and continued until her death at the age of forty-one. She gained little fame while alive as her stories were all published anonymously. What amazes me most, beyond her talent, is that she wrote these stories using a feather dipped in ink. She sat at a small table day after day because these stories were something she had to get down on paper. It makes me feel guilty that I ever put off working at the computer or complain that I can’t find the time to write as much as I’d like.
Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813. That is 201 years ago (if you’re counting) and is still read as greedily as it ever was. Maybe more so. Pride and Prejudice is by far the most famous, but certainly not the only book she wrote. In her short life, Miss Austen completed six novels and was working on a seventh before she died. I think of myself as improving with each story I write. Just think of what Jane Austen could have accomplished it she had lived a much longer life.
I’ve read all six of her completed novels more times than I can count, but it is Pride & Prejudice that pulls me back again and again and again.
Do you have a love for all things Jane Austen? I hope you’ll share some thoughts or your own stories.